As courtroom scenes go, it was a dramatic one.
Pregnant Chicago teen Heather Mack, on trial in Bali for the brutal murder of her mother, sobbed as her boyfriend testified about the killing.
Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, are accused of the premeditated murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack last August. The victim’s bloody and beaten body was found in a suitcase.
On Thursday, Schaefer testified at Mack’s trial. He said von Weise-Mack had gotten angry upon finding out her daughter was pregnant. He claimed she had threatened to kill their unborn baby, called him a racial slur and tried to strangle him for nearly 30 seconds.
“She was angry at me when she knew that Heather was pregnant,” Schaefer testified, his voice breaking.
Schaefer told the court that he hit von Weise-Mack repeatedly with a metal fruit bowl. When he noticed she wasn’t breathing, he began CPR. Mack also tried to revive her mother.
But prosecutors say it was not a crime of passion but a calculated, premeditated killing. They allege that before visiting Bali, Mack had suggested Schaefer hire someone for $50,000 to kill her mother.
If found guilty, both Mack and Schaefer could face a firing squad.